1992 Ford Tempo Reviews - Page 7 of 11

1992 Ford Tempo GL 2.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3L Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

The fact that I'm looking for a Chevy says it all

Faults:

Despite my ritualistic upkeep, the heater core went at 124,000 miles. The starter went at 140,000 miles. My head cracked at the number one chamber at 160,000 miles. There is no oil pressure anymore. Don't even ask about the exhaust pipe and muffler.

General Comments:

A family member, who is an expert at destroying cars in record time, borrowed my Chevy Cavalier. Needless to say, said family member put that expertise to use, and I found myself in the market for a another car.

My income limited, I bought my 1992 Ford Tempo. Shortly after I bought it, the heater core went. After it was replaced, the car ran fine. Granted, it was reliable after that. I racked up a lot of miles on the car because of my job. I kept up the maintenance on the car. When I gave it an oil change every three thousand miles, I put the good oil in and used the good filters. Every three months I put in the good spark plugs, not the ninety-nine cent cheap ones. Get the idea of how well I kept up the car?

The real problems started six months ago. The starter went. I immediately replaced it. Rust starting eating away my exhaust pipe and muffler. I fixed that too. Then the head cracked. I had a replacement put on. Now there is no oil pressure.

I began talking to mechanics about my car and found out that a cracked head is a common problem with Ford Tempos. I also found out that the lack of oil pressure is due to the fact that when the head cracked, it took the bottom half of the motor with it. This is one explanation as to why there is no oil pressure. The other possibility is that the screen in which the oil comes up into the head is clogged, another common problem among Tempos.

Major problems with cars are one thing and are to be expected. But with a car that has had good maintenance and loving care, this is ridiculous. As of right now my Ford Tempo will start and idle, but she won't drive more than a mile without dying. With the money I dumped into her so far, I should have just bought a another car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd April, 2003

1992 Ford Tempo GL 3.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

It truly is the car for everyone!

Faults:

I got it with a blown head gasket heater bypass hose broke.

General Comments:

Got $400 in the car it runs like new, looks like new, and is the best damn car on the American road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2003

14th Mar 2004, 17:25

I like enthusiasm I can feed on.

10th Jul 2004, 18:48

Regular maintenance and that was it! My 92 was good until a flood ruined it (transmission slipped and had engine problems). I made the mistake for trading it for a 94 Olds Cutlass Supreme (what a piece!). I agree, my 92 drove great and I loved that car!

Do know that you might have to replace the exhaust as this seems to be a problem with Tempo's. Other than that my 2.3 liter Tempo drove great!

1992 Ford Tempo GL 3.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.2 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles

Summary:

Perfect College Car

Faults:

Starter went out at 60,000. New oil pan needed twice, once at 45,000, then again at 79,000. Transmission stuck once, but miraculously healed itself...

General Comments:

Hey, this was my car during senior year of high school and all of college. I got good mileage, was quite reliable, and actually pretty comfy. Despite a huge upgrade on my next purchase, I was sad to see my first car go. Cheers to the '92 Ford Tempo!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th February, 2003

1992 Ford Tempo GL V6 V6 3.0 Litre from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 3.0 Litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance240000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz 300D T

Summary:

Ford Tempo V6: An excellent value of economy and power

Faults:

This car has been relatively trouble-free. I replaced the oil pan ($300 including labor) as a preventative measure, because it was rather rusty.

The Check engine light went on a few times, but after taking it to the dealership, they recommended I remove the P.F.E. sensor and leave it on a heater for a night to remove any water. IT WORKED!! Thanks Moynes Ford.

My biggest complaint is reserved for the headlights. That material holds dirt very easily, deterring the headlight range. I am constantly cleaning them!

General Comments:

I have received mixed levels of service from Ford dealers. Moynes is one dealership I am very pleased with, for their parts and service departments.

My parents have one of these too, with 280 000 kilometers, and it has also been relatively trouble-free!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2003

16th Dec 2003, 13:12

Hi I need some help. I think that I have the same problem as you. Sometimes the light:"SERVICE MOTOR SOON light's up sometimes. So please can you reply to my. I have a ford tempo v6 3.0 motor automatic.Thanks.

My email is :djtoky@hotmail.com.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 45 reviews